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Pet Door Problems

If you've thought about a pet door but haven't yet purchased...

it may be because you're worried about pet door problems you might face.

Here are some common pet door problems AND their solutions:

  • By far, the most important dog door problem is the possible danger to which you may be exposing your children. It is not at all uncommon for a child to crawl through a dog door into possible danger--most often a backyard pool. Before you install a dog door you must make sure that you are not exposing your child to peril. Please don't think that the pet door is too small for this to happen. Children can crawl through very tight spaces. You must test carefully if you are relying upon small size.
  • The dangers to pets can be serious also. The general rule is that pets must only be allowed access to a controlled space where you can be sure of their safety. Dogs and cats roaming the neighborhood are a danger to themselves and possibly to others.
  • You've got a tricky installation situation. Here are some examples of the more common installation problems and how to solve them.
  • The pet door flap is going to leak and you'll freeze in the winter or lose all your cool air in the summer. You're right to worry about this! Here's an example of the leaky flap problem that will occur with the majority of cat doors and dog doors sold every day. The solution: Get a pet door that seals very well. The Endura Flap pet doors have been tested from well below zero to 130f without losing their seal.
  • The pet door won't insulate. Same problem as above but not as serious as not sealing well. Endura Flap dog doors and cat doors won the coveted Fancy Publications Editors Choice Award for 2007 partly because they seal and insulate extremely well.
  • You've installed a patio pet door and it leaks around the frame (Not the flap). Unusual but it happens. Here's what's happening and how to fix it.
  • You're worried that you'll spend a fortune replacing worn flaps. Solution: The Endura Flap dog doors have been tested to over 3 million times on our test machine and carry a 15 year warranty.
  • You want to let the dog out but keep the cat in. The obvious solution is to choose one of the electronic pet doors that requires a collar key (or microchip) for both directions.  That will likely work, particularly if you hit the cat with a squirtgun every time he goes near the pet door (Please, just water!) for a week or two. If you're not happy about the prospect of an electronic pet door--after all, they do fail more frequently that manual pet doors do, then consider an Endura Flap pet door. While the Endura Flap pet doors are commonly used by cats, there are things you can do to change that. First, get the double flap version. It's less accessible for a small animal than is the single. Then, for the small and medium sizes,   add a magnet set to the single set supplied and move the two sets to the outside edges of the flap. Do this for both flaps.  Finally, replace the pvc threshold with a metal one on both flaps. For the Large and XLarge, you already have two magnet sets so just reposition them from the standard center location to the outside edges. Then add the metal threshold. That metal threshold, by the way, will produce an approximate 50% increase the the magnetic pulling power on the flap. Combine those steps with the squirt gun idea and we think you're cat is going to be staying inside.
  • You install a panel pet door and worry that when you want ventilation you're going to get bugs through the gap between the slider and the sliding screen (which is on a different track). Solution: check out the Bug Warden for a neat solution to this problem.
  • You install a dog door and the dog tracks mud on your white carpet. It's a problem and no one has come up with a solution for it (except the 'mud room' if you've got one). If someone does, you'll find it here first.
  • You--and lots of other people--are concerned about security.  What if a burglar climbs through your large sized pet door?  Well, you can stop worrying. Get the Watchdog Security Pet Door Locker and you've got 12 guage steel and a steel combination lock between that burglar and your pet door. Works on doors and walls for the ultimate in pet door security. See thumbnail below.

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